Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Coastal North June Minileagues

An american gull left Mick Turton laughing at his Easington patch in June.

West continues to dominate east in the comparative league, with Ash Baines retaining top spot despite no additions in June and Seumus Eaves sharing second with Stewart Sexton. As is the trend for coastal sites, the autumn is a high point scoring period, so 89% is a very respectable score at the half year point.

In the points league, a superb May sent Mick Turton at Easington into top spot, and a couple of superb additions in June extend his lead. It will be quite a turnaround for the chasing pack to close the gap now. Perhaps they will be hoping that Mick has a two month holiday booked in September and October!
The highlight of the month was a cracking Laughing Gull, located by the aforementioned Mick Turton at Beacon Ponds. A first for the Spurn area, he also found a Bee-Eater as he stepped out onto his doorstep and enjoyed Spurn's first American Wigeon in addition to a long staying Red-Necked Phalarope. Who said June was quiet!

   Laughing Gull, Beacon Ponds c/o Tim Jones

          Bee-Eater c/o Tim Jones

John Chapman finds most of his patch birds himself, and reaps the bonus points. However, he had to be content with enjoying someone else's Common Rosefinch as it sang by the Whitburn Obs on the 7th June. Surf Scoters are also making the lists of quite a few Coastal North patchers, and a bird flying north with Common Scoters was an unexpected bonus for Chris Bradshaw at Long Nab as was a #patchgold Little Tern - a long overdue patch first.

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